1 I westernnews.ca PM January 15, 2015 / Vol. 51 No. 2 Like a out of water fishstory Pages 8 9 ILLUSTRATION BY FRANK NEUFELD Alumnus Andersen appointed new Social Science dean BY JASON WINDERS ROBERT (BOB) ANDERSEN has been appointed to a five-year term as dean of Social Science, beginning July 1. He will join Western June 1 and serve in a temporary role as special advisor to the provost. Andersen, BA 91 (Political Science), Dpl 92 (Sociology), MA 94 (Sociology), arrives from the University of Toronto where he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Social Science and chair of the Department of Sociology (St. George Campus). Prior to joining Toronto in 2007, he held various academic and administrative appointments at Brock, Oxford, Western and McMaster. Andersen was an assistant professor at Western from He holds three degrees from Western an undergraduate degree (Political Science), honours diploma (Sociology) as well as an MA in Sociology and a PhD from McMaster. With teaching and research interests in political sociology, social stratification and applied statistics, Andersen s current research explores the consequences of income inequality for a wide array of attitudes and behaviours considered important to the health of liberal democracy. He is also a social statistician with expertise in survey research methods. His most recent research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Sociology and the Annual Review of Sociology, and he is also the author of Modern Methods for Robust Regression. Apart from his scholarly and administrative success as chair of the Department of Sociology at St. George Campus, he has also demonstrated his leadership abilities as chair of Toronto s Tri-campus Graduate Sociology Program in SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS Robert (Bob) Andersen has been appointed to a five-year term as dean of Social Science, beginning July 1. which he oversees 60 faculty members and 100 graduate students. Andersen s appointment was advanced at the recommendation of the Social Science Decanal Selection Committee, and received the formal endorsement of the president and Western s Board of Governors through the Board s Senior Operations Committee earlier this week. Social Science is the largest faculty at Western with 244 faculty members, more than 6,600 undergraduates and 550 graduate students and boasts more than 70,000 alumni around the globe. Recognized for its research, the quality of its undergraduate teaching, and its innovative graduate programs, Social Science has consistently been ranked as one of the Top 100 Social Science faculties in the world by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council, the QS Corporation and the Academic Rankings of World Universities. Andersen will succeed Brian Timney, who has served as dean since July Western s newspaper of record since 1972
2 2 Western News January 15, 2015 upload your photos Coming Events JAN # tag with flickr.com/groups/western/ 15 // THURSDAY WESTERN ENGINEERING DISTINGUISHED LECTURE Robert Graham, Ensyn Corporation. director, Ivanhoe Energy Inc. The Commercialization of Emerging Technology: Through the Valley of Death. 12:30 p.m. SEB PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY COLLOQUIUM Hilke E. Schlichting, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Planet Formation and the Solar System. 1:30 p.m. P&A 100. MIGRATION AND ETHNIC RELATIONS COLLOQUIUM Erica Lawson, Women s Studies and Feminist Research, Western. The Production of Racial Knowledge in Canadian Immigration Policies: The Case of Brandon Huntley. Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. SSC p.m. SSC CLASSES WITHOUT QUIZZES Harry Prapavessis, director, Western s Exercise and Health Psychology Lab. Sitting: How Can Something That Feels So Good Be So Bad? Examine the reasons we are so sedentary, why this behavior is bad for you and how we can sit less. Register at classeswithoutquizzes.uwo.ca. Doors 6:30 p.m. Lecture 7 p.m. Stevenson Hunt Room, Central Branch Library. MCINTOSH GALLERY EXHIBITION Ron Benner: Three Questions. Curated by Julian Haladyn. 7 p.m. Opening reception. Exhibition runs until Feb // FRIDAY DON WRIGHT FACULTY OF MUSIC Members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra join Western s Early Music Studio Band, capping off their annual residency with baroque chamber music for violin, cello and harpsichord. 12:30 p.m. von Kuster Hall. EARTH SCIENCES COLLOQUIUM Zoltan Zajacz, University of Toronto. Metals and volatiles in geologic fluids. 3:30 p.m. BGS VOLLEYBALL Toronto at Western. 6 p.m. Women s 8 p.m. Men s MEN S HOCKEY York at Western. 7 p.m. 17 // SATURDAY TRACK AND FIELD 10 a.m. Men s / Women s BASKETBALL Waterloo at Western. 1 p.m. Women s 3 p.m. Men s VOLLEYBALL Ryerson at Western. 6 p.m. Women s 8 p.m. Men s DON WRIGHT FACULTY OF MUSIC Ensemble Made in Canada s residency concert. They will be joined by pianists from the Collaborative Piano studio to present piano quartets by Bridge, Schumann and Fauré. 8 p.m. von Kuster hall. 19 // MONDAY PHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY SEMINAR Doug Jones and Jeff Dixon, Western. Lab Reports. 4 p.m. MSB // TUESDAY SENIOR ALUMNI PROGRAM Andrew Fleet, executive director, Growing Chefs! Ontario. Uniting chefs, growers, educators and community members in children s food education projects. 9:30 a.m. McKellar Room, UCC. CLASSICAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT Dwayne Meisner, Western. The Eudemian Theogony and its Variants. 12:30 p.m. SH // WEDNESDAY TOASTMASTER S CAMPUS COMMUNICATORS Build your confidence in public speaking. Meets every Wednesday toastmastersclubs.org/. Contact Donna Moore, or p.m. UCC 147B. THE CHINESE PROGRAM AT HURON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE Lunch and conversation. Anyone wishing to speak Chinese and meet people who study Chinese at Huron is welcome. Bring your own lunch and join the conversation. uwo.ca. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Huron A18. 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3 Western News January 15, Entrepreneurship Indigenous social network eyes economic opportunity SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS This screenshot shows one of numerous business pages on the Okwaho Network, a social-networking site dedicated to global Indigenous business and economic development. Visit the site at okwahonetwork.com. BY JASON WINDERS SHYRA BARBERSTOCK HAS created a social network that is all business. Barberstock, a fourth-year First Nations Studies and Health/Environmental Geography student, and her husband, Rye Barberstock, recently launched the Okwaho Network, a social-networking site dedicated to global Indigenous business and economic development. Sparked out of a roadtrip conversation between the just-married couple, the project now fills a historic gap with a modern solution. One thing that is neat to me is the original peoples of this land always had an entrepreneurial spirit, always found a way to trade and do commerce together. It s in our blood to be able to go into business, Rye said. Launched late last year, the free site operates like a mainstream social networking site, however it targets both Indigenous and non-indigenous people who want to work with Indigenous communities and businesses. The site allows people to promote themselves, their communities and businesses, as well as discover career opportunities, review businesses, or share best practices about special projects or initiatives. At its core, the site is about generating economic opportunities and removing barriers, Shyra said. Take, for instance, what the Okwaho Network can do for small businesses. A lot of Indigenous small-business owners don t have a website. They can t afford it; they don t know how to create them; they don t have the capacity to do it, Shyra said. This is really nice for them. You fill out a form, add a logo and boom there is your web page. Even people who aren t very technical can have a web page. During the development phase, the couple, working as Okwaho Communications, received support for their project from Western and Fanshawe College, including support from TechAlliance and BizInc. Although currently living in London while Shyra finishes her degree, the business is based out of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte), between Belleville and Kingston, where they will return when Shyra graduates in a few months. We have been working on this for a year, Shyra said. And we did it because we want to see things improve for Indigenous communities and people. That s where our heart is on this. The couple has committed themselves to building a membership base over the next year. While much of the early work has been passive press releases, traditional social media pushes and the like it s their grassroots work that has been most rewarding. The Barberstocks have walked numerous individuals, businesses and economic leaders through the site. The whole idea behind the site is for people to engage, to network and share, Shyra said. But, of course, the network is only as good as the people who sign up and take the time to get to know each other. The nice thing SHYRA for a social network is it can take on its own life. We might have a vision for what we want this to be. But it could turn into something totally different based on the people who join. Membership is in its early stages, but growth has already come from unexpected areas. The site intentionally utilizes the term Indigenous. While terms like First Nations, Métis, and Inuit resonate in Canada, they mean little in the United States, where terms like Native American and Alaskan Natives are more commonly used. Grappling with nomenclature was an important early step, as the site has already sparked interest outside Canada. RYE Originally, we were just focused on Canada, Shyra said. Then we realized that we should extend our reach to North America. After having some conversations with Indigenous people from Australia and New Zealand, we realized there is an interest for global Indigenous peoples to connect with one another. Rye continued, It s open to people who want to make a difference no matter where. That is the whole premise. There has to be a sense of togetherness we are all in this together.
4 4 Western News January 15, 2015 Editor s Letter Western News (ISSNO ), a publication of Western University s Department of Communications and Public Affairs, is published every Thursday throughout the school year and operates under a reduced schedule during December, May, June, July and August. An award-winning weekly newspaper and electronic news service, Western News serves as the university s newspaper of record. The publication traces its roots to The University of Western Ontario Newsletter, a onepage leaflet-style publication which debuted on Sept. 23, The first issue of the Western News, under founding editor Alan Johnston, was published on Nov. 16, 1972 replacing the UWO Times and Western Times. Today, Western News continues to provide timely news, information and a forum for discussion of postsecondary issues in the campus and broader community. WESTERN NEWS WesternNews.ca Westminster Hall, Suite 360 Western University London, ON N6A 3K7 Telephone Fax PUBLISHER Helen Connell Ext EDITOR Jason Winders Ext REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Mayne Ext REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER Adela Talbot Ext Settling for hashtag activism abroad obscures need to fix problems at home JASON WINDERS Western News Editor I get we live in a hashtag world. So, when religious zealots attacked the Paris offices of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, last week, killing 12, I knew what to expect. Seemingly moments after the attack, the outpouring of virtual support, especially from the heavy-hitting literary and artistic communities, was massive. Perhaps the most visible of these were the wonderful visuals presented by editorial cartoonists the world over in memory of their fallen comrades many featuring The Pencil, the symbol of resistance to this latest (but not last) attack on modernity by those who dwell in antiquity. Admittedly, the emotion of the moment, infused with these powerful images, was difficult to resist. Millions from world leaders in the seats of power to teenagers in their parent s basements offered virtual solidarity by proudly posting under the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie ( I am Charlie ). And I was among them. I have always loved the power of the editorial cartoon. When done skillfully, they have a sharp, quick sting that burns deep. I still remember truly great cartoons I published more than 20 years ago. I vividly remember ones where I was lampooned as the subject. In another life, I hope I have the skill and cunning to be one of them lobbing poignant barbs from the back of the classroom. My history with the craft, along with my humanity, led me to retweet many of these images in rapid succession as the news from Paris unfolded. But MUSTANG MEMORIES then I stopped. What was I doing? Social media has brought us together in many ways, but it has also made us lazy by distancing us from action. Change no longer requires getting off your couch. OK, actual change requires you do that and a lot more. But affecting a perception of change does not. So today, as world events unfold, many are self-relegated to the sidelines of history. We are happy to cheer from the bench. And that s a shame. Watching Selma, a film chronicling Martin Luther King s historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, I wondered how successful King would have been if he had to accomplish his task in the Age of Social Media. Perhaps instead of marching with thousands at his side, King would have walked alone although supported by millions of home-bound slack-tivists tweeting #WeMust- StandUp, all while sitting down. In the case of Charlie Hebdo, I read countless commentaries about how these events highlight the importance of free speech and expression, as well as the right to satire across the world. That s all great and true. But have any of us noticed the state of free speech in our backyard? And if we have, what are we doing about it? For me, our reaction to Charlie Hebdo underscores the work that remains to be done at home. Don t kid yourself, we have clever ways of suppressing free speech in North America as well. We just don t use automatic weapons. And universities are not immune. I hate to agree with CBC personality and you-kids-get-off-my-lawn correspondent Rex Murphy, but he made an interesting point in his column Saturday: Our universities bleat about inquiry and free speech, but they are feeble and craven, caving in to protestors and special interests, pleading sensitivity and the wish not to offend any time some topic or speaker threatens to hurt the professionally agitated on campus. This university has a proud tradition of standing up for the unpopular, but even we have seen our standing slip in the Campus Freedom Index, along with most universities in Canada. The space for freedom of expression on North American campuses is narrowing be it by a comfortable professoriate, the increasing influence of corporations and governments or the chilling effect of political correctness. We have become timid, almost risk-averse, to hearing from anyone who may rock the boat. But if universities don t rock the boat in our society, to the right or the left, who will? Nothing is more central to what we do than preserving our right to say it. And that s a task that requires diligence, attention and work beyond the hashtag. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THE JOHN P. METRAS MUSEUM Believe it or not, the basketball season marked the first time the Mustangs surpassed the century mark (100 points in a game) in its history, as the men s team scored a dominating victory over McMaster. Coulter Osborne (No. 24) is pictured scoring six of those points here. The team s previous high had been 97 against McGill. Coached by John P. Metras, the squad went on to win the senior intercollegiate championship that year, continuing a streak that started nine years prior and would extend until In his 19 years coaching, Metras won 14 senior intercollegiate basketball titles. Visit John P. Metras Museum on Instagram and Twitter for more photos. 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5 Western News January 15, Commentary Surgeons working to solve riddle of dealing with Ebola Editor s note: The following editorial, Surgery in patients with Ebola virus disease, originally appeared in the Canadian Journal of Surgery (Issue 57, pages 264-5) and is reprinted here with permission of the author and publisher. It has been edited for space. To read the full editorial, click on this story at westernnews.ca. BY VIVIAN MCALISTER THIRTY YEARS AGO, surgical trainees like me were asked to undertake diagnostic lymph node excisional biopsies in patients with AIDS. Our teachers believed the procedures to be futile and risky. We thought we were invincible. We arranged the set-up so we could operate alone in double masks, gowns and gloves. The purpose of the inner layer was to permit safer removal of the outer barrier. Similarly, we double-bagged laundry and waste. Yet again, we are faced with a fluidborne virus whose potential to harm is unknown. A large experience is making clear the steps that should be taken to fight Ebola virus disease in West Africa. We have only a tiny experience upon which to base care of patients with Ebola in developed countries, such as Canada. Initial hopes that life-supporting procedures, such as mechanical ventilation and hemodialysis, would permit recovery from the advanced stages of Ebola are now less certain. Our faith in conventional barrier protocols has been shaken. In this article, I try to address the role of surgery in the care of patients with Ebola. Protocols for the initial care of patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola have been developed and practiced by Canadian hospitals with the help of the provinces and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Surgeons are commonly asked to consult on other critically ill patients with similar problems. Therefore, we have to face the dilemma of considering surgery in patients with Ebola. Information in this area is rapidly accumulating, and clinical care teams will make their own valid decisions on a case-by-case basis. The American College of Surgeons has adapted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the conduct of surgery in patients with suspected Ebola. Surgeons should consult these guidelines frequently because new information is to be expected. The guidelines are currently silent on who should receive surgery. When considering any invasive procedure or operation in a patient with Ebola, the caregiving team needs to undertake a documented utility-risk analysis, which includes not only the perspective of the patient, but also the 360-degree environment. Other modalities of care and the possibility of procedure postponement must be considered, for now, preferable options. The well-accepted preference for methods of rehydration should rigidly favour oral over enteral tube and peripheral over central venous routes of administration. Blood work will have to be minimized and possibly restricted to point-ofcare testing. The use of imaging in patients with Ebola will also be MCALISTER considerably restricted in comparison to patients without the disease. It will be very difficult to justify the use of arterial lines. Automated noninvasive blood pressure and oxygen saturation monitoring will reduce direct patient contact. The biggest dilemma for surgeons will be trying to determine futility in a disease with which we have almost no direct experience. The development of organ failure renders the prognosis bleak for patients in health-care systems with limited resources, such as those in areas where the outbreaks have occurred. In the developed world, the prognosis is grave with the onset of organ failure. Liver failure and necrosis have been observed with Ebola; failure of supportive measures renders the prognosis hopeless, and neither transplantation nor liver assist devices should be considered. Surgery for peritonitis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, intestinal perforation or intestinal ischemia is likely to fail. Ebola virus disease may result in anasarca with abdominal compartment syndrome for which mechanical ventilation, complete muscle relaxation and dialysis is preferable to laparotomy. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is not appropriate for end-stage Ebola. Unfortunately, experience in Africa has shown that pregnant women with Ebola appear to be at an increased risk for spontaneous abortion and pregnancy-associated hemorrhage. Neonates born to mothers with Ebola have not survived. Conventional barrier protocols are being strengthened to combat the transmission of Ebola virus. Elements of military protocols for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense may be useful. Gowns should include a hood and boot covers in a one-piece suit. Buddy checks and assistance will reduce failures during the donning and doffing of personal protective equipment. Decontamination with wipes before removal of barriers prevents inadvertent spread. In Africa, reusable gowns with final showers using diluted bleach are preferred by the heroic teams working to contain the outbreak. Sterile surgical gowns and gloves may have to be added to Ebola barrier suits, which are not sterile. Unlike in the early days of AIDS, trainees and young surgeons with children should not be asked to operate on patients with Ebola. This is a task for experienced surgeons using the smallest possible team in the room. Surgeons asked to consult on patients with Ebola should not hesitate to seek advice from surgeons in experienced centres. Following the initial fear regarding AIDS, we quickly came to understand and treat HIV. Like many surgeons, I went on to perform the full range of operations, including liver transplantation, on patients infected with HIV. There are good reasons to hope Ebola will likewise be attenuated so that the full range of modern critical care and surgical procedures become possible in patients infected with the virus. Vivian McAlister is co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Surgery. He is the Angus D. McLachlin Professor of Surgery at Western, and is a regular force member of the Royal Canadian Medical Service, Canadian Armed Forces (rank Lieutenant Colonel). Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching CALL FOR NOMINATIONS MASTER OF DIGITAL MEDIA LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR JANUARY 16 th Industry Focused Graduate Degree Startup Business Support Four Major Canadian Universities Competitive Scholarship Opportunities FRIDAY/ JANUARY 16 th / 2pm PST REGISTER AT thecdm.ca/webinars a collaboration between thecdm.ca Brescia University College invites nominations for its Award for Excellence in Teaching. 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The Award is given to professors who excel in two or more of the following activities: 1) Classroom teaching, which includes regular classes and lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory sessions. 2) Academic counselling, which may involve assisting students in selecting courses or choosing programs of study, helping them make career choices, writing letters of recommendation, offering information and advice on professional programs and graduate schools, and so on. 3) Designing courses or academic programs to suit the needs of students, a Department, or the College as a whole. 4) Producing educational materials such as textbooks, instructional packages, laboratory manuals, software, study guides, slides, films and handouts. 5) Participating in teaching development activities like workshops or seminars designed to improve or enhance teaching skills and strategies. 6) Developing innovative teaching methods, such as providing an opportunity for experiential learning, fieldwork, or learning through community service. 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6 6 Western News January 15, 2015 Research Initiative weaves a stronger mental health safety net BY PAUL MAYNE MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS in the province are getting a much-needed safety net upon re-entering their communities thanks to a novel Western-led initiative. The Transitional Discharge Model bridges the hospital and community for benefits to both individuals and the health system. This transition is complex and can be challenging for people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, said Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk. The first days and weeks following psychiatric discharge are high-risk periods for relapse, with 43 per cent of suicides occurring within the first month post-discharge. As many clients are between care providers at this time, they are vulnerable to emergency room visits and readmission to hospital. To have a mental illness is an extremely painful and extremely lonely experience, said Forchuk, a scientist and assistant director at Lawson Health Research Institute. To have come into hospital, many people talk about this being one of the darkest periods of their life. It is a very difficult experience. Then, to leave hospital and go back to the community, where some of that scary stuff happened before, and family and friends already feel stretched, is a very frightening experience. There has been a gap at this very time when so many people are PAUL MAYNE // WESTERN NEWS Western Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk said the Transitional Discharge Model provides a much-needed bridge between hospital and community for mental health patients. The model has shown immediate benefits to both individuals and the health-care system. vulnerable in this way. The Transitional Discharge Model is designed to close that gap. It provides seamless support as clients make this transition and ensures hospital inpatient staff members continue to provide care until the client is connected with a community care provider. After prior studies established the Transitional Discharge Model as a best practice, it was deployed in nine hospitals across Ontario in April 2013, with more than 580 clients participating in the implementation project. Along with St. Joseph s Heath Care and London Health Sciences, other participating hospitals included Baycrest (Toronto), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto), Hôpital Montfort (Ottawa), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Whitby), Providence Care (Kingston), St. Joseph s Healthcare Hamilton and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Forchuk and her team undertook a $1.4-million two-year study, funded by the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario s (CAHO) Adopting Research to Improve Care Program, to gauge the model s success. The results were released on Tuesday. They show benefits to all parties clients, inpatient staff, community peer supporters as well as the health system itself. Among the findings: Clients length of stay in hospital was reduced by an average of 9.8 days (74.2 to 64.4 days). The average cost for one day of hospital stay for a patient is $1,000; Fewer client readmissions; Clients reported feeling less overwhelmed and lonely, and more reassured, during the transition; Clients built more personalized care relationships with inpatient staff and peer supporters, tailored to the type, degree, and frequency of care each individual needed; and Inpatient staff and community peer-support groups reported an improved understanding of each other s services, resulting in stronger working relationships and more opportunities to leverage resources to respond to the needs of local client populations. We have consistently found improved outcomes with the Transitional Discharge Model, and have learned more about strategies for implementation in this project, Forchuk said. I would like to see this approach become the standard of care across the province. Karen Michell, CAHO executive director, expects the success stories to grow as the model expands to other hospitals across the province. We have done what we set out to do ensure there was a seamless safety net, along with the relationships, for people who are leaving a hospital-based setting and going back into the community, with peersupport in place from consumer survivors themselves, Michell said. Ultimately, the Transitional Discharge Model does provide better quality care and a better client experience. Forchuk added it s important to remember mental health clients are at a daunting point in their lives when returning to their communities and this project demonstrates when they are most vulnerable the health-care system needs to step up. We came about because people are suffering through this process and we have to help find a better way, she said. We have found a better way and we really feel this should be widely implemented. PART-TIME ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ANTICIPATED LIMITED-DUTIES (PART-TIME) APPOINTMENTS Intersession/Summer 2015 The University has a central Website displaying complete advertisements for all vacant academic positions. The following academic units have anticipated Limited-Duties vacancies and these anticipated appointments are among those being advertised currently on the Website at uwo.ca/facultyrelations. 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7 Western News January 15, In the Community Mayor stresses local connections for university, students Just a month into his City Hall office, London Mayor Matt Brown sees positive town-and-gown relations as driving the city s evolution from a traditional manufacturing centre into its still undefined future. Western News reporter Adela Talbot sat down with the mayor to discuss how he sees Western s role as a partner in the city s transition. The city is at a brink of change right now. You ve inherited the helm of a city that s admittedly seen some turbulent times and you ve inherited a new council. Where does Western fit into this shift, into a new vision of the city s future? I think Western fits very clearly in the vision of London past, present and future. Western and all of our academic institutions are what make London the community that it is from an economic perspective, from a social perspective and everything between. There are so many economic partnerships we can establish between the university and the city. One is a partnership I m particularly excited about and it s the Medical Innovation and Commercialization Network. It s a partnership between the city, Robarts (Research Institute), Lawson (Health Research Institute), Western and, of course, St. Joseph s Health Care and London Health Sciences Centre. It is the kind of program that has all partners working together, on projects that can be done particularly well in London, that can drive our economy forward and provide benefits to all partners. Our community s economy for a long time was driven and defined by production. How is Western contributing to a redefinition of the city? As we pivot we are in the second decade of this century toward the types of industries that are going to drive our economy forward, it is certainly largely knowledge-based. It s an incredible benefit to this community that we have Western as part of London as we transition into what s next. How does the town-gown relationship contribute to the quality of life for people who live in London? How does the friction between the two manifest itself in the day-to-day? As past chair of the Town & Gown Committee for many years, I had the benefit of working with all of the stakeholders from a town-gown focus with the residents, with our emergency services, with the university, with student leadership and, of course, with the city partners. There s a real benefit to that process because there s a real benefit in working together on solutions, identifying issues and collaborating together to make sure there is good alignment of expectations. We ve had public meetings with police, city council, students and residents of neighbourhoods adjacent to Western and Fanshawe because of tensions that sometimes come between the city and the university. How are issues like these working toward resolution? The best antidote for tension is dialogue. That s exactly what s happening; it s exactly what continues to happen. As we work through strategies to address those tensions, everyone has a role to play and it is certainly a community-based model that s not just specifically based in enforcement. That s a key message we ve heard from our students and our student leaders. We need to have, certainly, education. We need to have involvement, collaboration and, of course, enforcement as part of that picture as well. What kind of gains do you want to see in the relationship between City Hall and Western? I ll steal a line from student leadership at Western. (Laughs.) I ll back up and borrow a line. I really want to see us blur the lines, blur the boundaries between the city and Western. We should be seen as synonymous. How would you blur these lines? The Town & Gown (Committee) is a great start placing student leaders on our advisory boards to help guide decisions as we shape our policy as a community. They also help to develop roots. For students at Western who are coming to school from other areas around the country and around the world, I really want them to see themselves as having a place in this community moving forward, after graduation, and becoming long-term residents of London. What are you most excited about? What I m most excited about is our strategic plan we are developing as a council. These are big ideas we can focus on, that we can rally around, that we can leverage to move our agenda ADELA TALBOT // WESTERN NEWS forward. Part of that strategic plan is going to include specific and important improvements to public transit. I know I ve heard from my conversations with students, student leaders, staff and faculty at Western, and other academic institutions, that that is a key priority of theirs as well. As Western is looking to internationalize the campus community, the student body and the student experience, what does this mean for London, in your view? I see the university as not doing one (localizing) or the other (internationalizing), but both. As we reach out and attract students from around the world to one of the best academic institutions in this country, it s a positive thing for this city. When I meet with students who come from other areas around the world, I always encourage them to get as connected as they possibly can here with London and with the region. I let them know that I hope they plan to stay over the long term.
8 8 Western News January 15, 2015 Western News January 15, Student Life Like a fish o u t o f wat e r ADELA TALBOT // WESTERN NEWS Gloria Zhu, a Media and Public Interest student at Western, has launched a blog called A Fish out of Water, as a reflection and commentary on implicit racism in modern Canadian culture, which makes newcomers feel like outsiders in society. Student website opens dialogue on the outsider experience BY ADELA TALBOT GLORIA ZHU WANTS you to feel uncomfortable, if even for a second. You might spot Zhu on campus one of these days. The Media and Public Interest student might ask you, Have you ever felt like a fish out of water? She hopes you ll say yes. She hopes you ll relive that feeling as part of an exercise in empathy meant to draw attention to, and break, racial and cultural barriers. Inspired by the slice-of-life photo blog Humans of New York (HONY), Zhu launched a blog last year titled A Fish out of Water for a campaign project in her Alternative Media class. Her initial desire was to document experiences of international students and newcomers to Canada as they acclimate to a new culture. I wanted to do something more in-depth than HONY similar, but something more relevant to my own issues, Zhu said. When she first came to Canada from China at age 16, Zhu landed in a predominantly white high school in Etobicoke. As the only international student there, she instantly felt out of place like a fish out of water. For the whole first term, no one talked to me because they assumed I didn t speak English. That was the first time I realized there s something with race and skin colour going on the first time I realized Canada was not as diverse as we say, Zhu noted. A Fish out of Water, afishoutofwaterincanada. wordpress.com, features similar stories from students and passersby who ve spoken with Zhu on campus. As part of the project, she doesn t approach others. Instead, she can be spotted around campus with a poster board asking, Have you ever felt like a fish out of water? If you approach her, she is happy to chat and share your experience on the blog. If you tell her you ve felt like a fish out of water, Zhu will ask you to share your story. If you tell her you haven t felt that way, she will challenge you to speak to someone you think has. But the blog is not meant to be a place where international students, immigrants or racial minorities simply lament their experiences of feeling like an outsider. Its purpose is to explicitly highlight the outsider experience something that, on a very base level, is universal, Zhu explained. We prize Canada as a diverse place, Zhu said, but it isn t as diverse as we would like to think. Some of the conversations her project has prompted have revealed implicit racism, a culturally instilled issue that nurtures the fish-out-ofwater experience in those perceived as outsiders in our society, she continued. The whole idea is, from the stories on the blog, to promote the idea that everyone could be a fish out of water. Most people who were born here and who aren t racialized, never thought they were a fish out of water, Zhu said. But that experience is a broad one and could include a vegetarian at a BBQ or being the only person to fail an exam, she added. I m trying to encourage them to think they can be a fish out of water someday, at some point. I really respect personal experience. Listening to people who are feeling like a fish out of water, right now, is especially important. It s important to pay attention to them, Zhu continued. I m not making these people up they re real people. Everyone could be a fish out of water. We have to respect and listen to each other. We re not different at all. It doesn t matter which racial group you belong to; that feeling is universal. If we recognize the feeling of not belonging as universal, it goes a long way to determining how we treat those who, for whatever reason, feel like they don t belong, she explained. But not everyone gets it. The risk of the blog, Zhu said, is seeing the stories as just stories not recognizing the implicit, or in some cases, explicit, racism embedded within them. This has been the case with some readers, and she s received provocative and inappropriate comments as a result. She s OK with that because at least it s sparking conversation. The problem here is people don t talk about racism at all. That s a real issue. If we don t talk about it, and we pretend everything is fine when everything is not fine, something like Ferguson will happen. And it will keep happening if nobody is talking about it. Zhu hopes to continue the project long after the completion of her class. It will always be a work in progress, she said. Making new friends was an interesting aspect of my new life. I never realized how difficult it would be because I was used to being around the same group of people who had the same interest and values. ILLUSTRATION BY FRANK NEUFELD A Fish Out of Water Oct. 31, 2014 I am out of the water, which is my mother language, sometimes it isn t easy to deliver some of my thoughts which would be very easy if I spoke in Korean. A Fish Out of Water Oct. 30, 2014 At first, I was kind of depressed that I m not as same as other Canadians, and I was thinking about try to be the same as them. But I thought that was a wrong thing to do. I think it is a matter of confidence. As long as you remain a confidence in yourself, people will take the first step to get to know you. A Fish Out of Water Nov. 6, 2014
9 10 Western News January 15, 2015 Attention Western Students... Ambassador calls for a balanced relationship ADELA TALBOT // WESTERN NEWS Werner Wnendt, German ambassador to Canada and Consul-General, visited campus Monday as part of Germany Day at Western. In advance of a public lecture, Wnendt toured the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research with Amit Chakma, Western president; John Capone, vice-president (research); Dan Sinai, associate vice-president (research); and Peter White, executive director for Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships. Following the tour, the ambassador spoke about Canadian- German relations to a packed room at the Chu International Centre on campus. BY ERIC GREEN WHILE LONDON S INFAMOUS winter weather tried to hinder international relations, Germany Day celebrations eventually landed Monday. Sponsored by Western International, the event was an opportunity for the university to strengthen the bonds between the university and its partner institutions in Germany. Werner Wnendt, German ambassador to Canada and Consul-General, visited campus as part of the event. Wnendt toured the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research with Amit Chakma, Western president, and other university dignitaries. Following the tour, the ambassador delivered a public lecture about Canadian-German relations to a packed room at the Chu International Centre. Central to his discussion was the pending Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU). Though the agreement has yet to come into effect, CETA will eliminate the majority of trade tariffs between Canada and the member states of the EU. The federal government has said the economic relationship between Canada and the EU is a high priority. It lists CETA as, by far, Canada s most ambitious trade initiative to date, exceeding the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement. Wnendt said both Canada and Germany, as the EU s largest individual economy, would benefit from CETA. While trade and investment do exist between the two countries, it is largely one-sided, with Canada importing $21.6 billion in goods from Germany in 2013, while only exporting $4.9 billion. While Wnendt touched on economic issues in his discussion, he said there is much more that binds our nations. It s not about trade and investment only, but it s also the common values we share and ideals we have that make our relationship important, Wnendt said. One important link, Wndendt said, is scientific cooperation. Canada and Germany have established a significant research relationship based on mutual contribution in the form of an actual exchange of ideas between our universities and research institutes. Outside of Europe, there is hardly any partner in the world where these conditions are equally ideal, he said. Wnendt stressed the necessity for the young people, the students, professionals and those interested in experiencing different cultures to travel from Canada to Germany. He noted the importance of the Youth Mobility Agreement between the two nations. The agreement provides the opportunity for up to 5,000 people between the age of 18-35, from either country, to further their education, to work, or to experience the culture and society of the other. Though all the visas that go with this program are given to 5,000 German students and young people, we have a problem to mobilize enough Canadian students, Wnendt said. This is an investment in the future of every individual person and it s an investment in German-Canadian relations.
10 Western News January 15, Research Texting study gets students up and moving BY PAUL MAYNE YOU DON T OFTEN speak of exercise and texting in the same breath. But Emma Cotten looks to change that as the second-year Kinesiology masters student prepares to launch a study to get students to hang up on sedentary behavior. We don t seem to do things any more. We simply text each other instead of actually getting up and going to meet people, said Cotten, who is working on the study with Kinesiology professor Harry Prapavessis, director of Western s Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory. We re trying to use texting in a better way than what it s being used for now. Basically, right now, you re just sitting there and, while it s convenient, it does make us lazy. So, we re going to try and use texting to increase movement. The study, which launches later this month, will see approximately 150 student volunteers receiving texts each day over a six-week period, encouraging them to participate in some form of physical activity. There will be multiple texts during the day to keep you on your toes for six weeks anything that means not sitting, said Cotten, who did not want to reveal the physical activities that will be recommended in the texts. We re going to send texts to prompt students to get up and move around a little more often. Students will fill out questionnaires at twoweek intervals throughout the study to monitor their activity and sedentary levels. Cotten said, if successful, such a method for increasing physical activity can be used by anyone anywhere, such as local health units, and be targeted to a specific age group or physical ability. Even if you feel you re exercising enough, when you re sitting too much there are so many health consequences, she said. If you are looking to make a resolution to be healthier in the New Year, this could help. PAUL MAYNE // WESTERN NEWS Kinesiology masters student Emma Cotten looks at reducing sedentary behaviour using text messages in her upcoming study. Students will receive text messages, over a six-week period, prompting them to take part in some form of physical activity. TEXT ME, MAYBE Kinesiology masters student Emma Cotten s study looking at reducing sedentary behaviour via text messages is seeking student volunteers. for more information. There will be a draw at the end of the study for three $100 prizes. Business + Making a difference Developing Management and Leadership Offering internationally recognized On-Line Graduate and Professional Development Education As a leading comprehensive institution, the University of Guelph s on-line MA (Leadership) and MBA programs are supported by internationally renowned faculty who are engaged in cutting edge research and practice.
11 12 Western News January 15, 2015 Research Turning gunk into a liquid gold BY HEATHER HUGHES FINDING A WAY to improve the efficiency of how heavy oil is upgraded is a challenge Western Engineering professor Cedric Briens is excited to take on as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Syncrude/ExxonMobil Industrial Research Chair in Fluid Coking Technologies. Briens, director of research and development at the Institute for Chemical and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), has received support for his research from Syncrude Canada Ltd., ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and NSERC. Through the industrial research chair, we know we can have some impact, he said. The oil sands are very important to the Canadian economy, creating many jobs. If this research is successful, it will become more attractive for companies to invest in Canada. Canada has extensive reserves of heavy oils, including bitumen, particularly in the oil sands of Alberta. In order to be useful, heavy oils must be upgraded to lighter and more valuable products, such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and petrochemical feedstocks. A common upgrading process is fluid coking, which was developed by ExxonMobil. Using this conversion process, Syncrude produces a sweet synthetic crude oil that can be processed in regular refineries. Fluid coking technology has been further developed through a joint research program between ExxonMobil and Syncrude. Upon extraction from the oil sands, bitumen is separated from the sand, water and clay. Bitumen is known as a heavy oil, a thick substance about the consistency of the asphalt used in roofing, he said, noting fluid cokers are used to process the residual and heaviest portion of the bitumen. SHAWN SIMPSON // SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS Western Engineering professor Cedric Briens and his team will explore long-term research, both fundamental and applied, in the area of fluid coking thanks to five years of funding provided for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Syncrude/ExxonMobil Industrial Research Chair in Fluid Coking Technologies at Western. Syncrude upgrades the bitumen to a premium sweet synthetic blend at the source, which can be pumped using regular pipelines, he explains. The preferred technology used for the upgrading is fluid coking, a sophisticated process that involves spraying the topped bitumen onto a fluidized bed of hot coke particles. The heavy oil long hydrocarbons are broken down or cracked into smaller, more valuable fragments that can be used to form synthetic crude. If you make it work better, it is going to be more efficient and economical. It is also going to reduce the environmental impact, he said. To do this, you have to understand the fundamentals of what happens when you spray a liquid into a fluidized bed. The objectives of this industrial research chair position are to increase the operability and liquid yields of fluid cokers and to reduce the environmental footprint of heavy oil upgrading. Briens is an expert in fluidization and particulate operations, which he has applied to the development of new reactor technology for the conversion of biomass and heavy oils into valuable products through his work at ICFAR. Although Briens holds the chair title, he sees it as a team effort involving the industrial partners and his colleagues at ICFAR, such as Engineering professor Franco Berruti, students, postdoctoral fellows and staff. The chair position provides funding over five years, a luxury Briens is grateful for as it allows his team at ICFAR to explore more long-term research, both fundamental and applied. It also enables specialized training for graduate students, providing exposure to industry challenges with the opportunity to work on research that will have real-world applications. The chair position has allowed a new faculty member who has experience adding hydrogen to bitumen, Dominic Pjontek, to join the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. The research supported by this chair position will also have broader applications to other energy sectors, such as agriculture and forestry. Although we focus the chair position on bitumen, a lot of these technologies can be adapted to work on biomass, he added. Briens welcomes the partnership with Syncrude and ExxonMobil, as it has the potential to improve processes and reduce the impact on the environment. We have access to the best technologies and we learn a lot from our industry partners, he said. It s a very important industry to Canada; we want to help them be successful. 710 Adelaide Street N., just south of Oxford St. McIntosh Gallery Art & Travel China Tour: May 11-22, 2015 Beijing, Lijiang & Dali (Yunnan Province), & Shanghai. Optional Yangtze River Cruise. For more information,
12 Western News January 15, Student Life Western empowers student to let star power shine SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS Mina Gerges, a third-year Media and Public Interest student, recently garnered Internet fame for his recreations of iconic images of female celebrities, including Nicki Minaj, left, and Beyoncé, right, on his Instagram account under the handle keepingupwithmina. BY ADELA TALBOT WHEN MINA GERGES was a kid living in Abu Dhabi, he would sneak into his mom s closet to try on her shoes and dresses. At the time, it was something he hid from everyone. I felt different, and I was worried terrified other kids would find out and make fun of me, said the third-year Media and Public Interest student. But Gerges is hiding no more. Recently, his Instagram account under the handle keepingupwithmina garnered Internet fame for his recreations of iconic images of female celebrities, including Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga. His follower count skyrocketed to more than 50,000 in a few days, prompting a temporary deactivation from Instagram administrators who likely assumed his was a spam account. I started out by just Photoshoping my face into pictures. But I felt comfortable and confident to put myself out there, and express myself this way and not worry about people judging me or hating me for my individuality, he said. Gerges picks current viral and trending images and recreates them on his own, by doing something like fabricating an elaborate Beyoncé outfit from curtains and cutout appliqués. I m trying to get pictures that are saturated in pop culture, and trying to offer people a different way to look at these images, he explained, noting the motivation behind each image is a desire to contribute to conversations of celebrity hype in a creative way. But for Gerges, there s much more to these recreations. When I moved to Canada, I found a more inclusive environment. And at Western, I came to terms with my sexuality. My cultural background is very heteronormative, and having been in such an inclusive environment (Western) in the past three years has helped me come to terms with interests I ve had since I was younger, he said. Gerges started his Instagram recreations by imitating a Rihanna gesture, an image he said was reserved. Just for this, he got some backlash, with people messaging his friends offering less-than-supportive comments about the post. I got to a point where I just got sick of having to stop myself from doing what I want to do in fear of what people are going to say, Gerges noted, saying he loves how the Instagram platform allows him to embrace his differences instead of hiding them. GERGES For his confidence and comfort with himself, he credits student groups and services offered on campus, among them Pride Western, which helped him see he wasn t alone. Western has had a huge impact on who I am today. I got involved in many teams and clubs and really got to meet and help people. Western gives you so many opportunities to explore your interests and become the person you ve always wanted to be, but also to meet people who will teach you so much about yourself and help you grow, Gerges continued. I came to Western when I was 16 I skipped a grade and I was confused about so many things. Western really helped me understand who I am, he added. I hope this experience on Instagram shows my creativity, and I hope that sets me apart from people who might be applying to the same positions I would be (in the future). I want this fearlessness to spread a positive message without a fear of backlash. Honours Kargiannakis, Pinto named among Queen s Young Leaders BY ADELA TALBOT KARGIANNAKIS WESTERN ALUMNI MELISSA Kargiannakis and Aaron Joshua Pinto have been named among the recipients of the 2014 Queen s Young Leaders Awards, announced by the organization Tuesday. Of 2,000 applicants, 60 award recipients across Commonwealth countries were selected. Only three, including Kargiannakis and Pinto, were from Canada. The Queen s Young Leader Award recognises exceptional young individuals, aged 18-29, who demonstrate leadership in their communities. Its aim is to enable recipients to continue their exemplary work in support others, inspiring change on a variety of different issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality. Kargiannakis, 24, originally from Sault Ste. Marie, grew up in a household where she PINTO experienced domestic violence. She spent her childhood supporting her mother and siblings. This equipped her with leadership skills which she used to become president of her faculty at university. Kargiannakis now works on a project mentoring schoolchildren and wants to use the Internet to make education more accessible. She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor s degree in Health Sciences, and is currently pursuing a master s degree in Health Information Science at Western. Pinto, from Mississauga, moved to Canada with his family from Bahrain after the 1991 Gulf War. Since then, he has travelled the world working on projects supporting disadvantaged communities. He has also co-founded a plan to help people in Canada who are living below the breadline. The project delivers food hampers to migrants, the elderly and survivors of abuse. He graduated last year with an honours specialization in International Relations and a minor in French Language and Translation. The Queen s Young Leader Award delivers a package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential program in the United Kingdom in June, during which recipients will receive the award from Queen Elizabeth II. Winners are part of the Queen s Young Leaders Programme, a new initiative established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of the Queen s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Over the next four years, the program aims to support thousands of young people. In addition to the Queen s Young Leaders Awards, the program will provide grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives.
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14 Western News January 15, Campus Digest Physical Geography Lab to aid student research BY ANDREW COSTY WHETHER VIEWING ORGANISMS through microscopes, or sifting through sediment at the bottom of the Thames River, Western Geography students now have a new space outfitted with the latest tools to get the answers they need. On Friday, the Department of Geography unveiled the new Physical Geography Lab, located in the Social Science Centre. Fully equipped with new cutting-edge technology, the lab will enable students to perform labbased activities and analysis on data that has been collected from the field. With these types of skills from the field to the lab, we re enhancing the employability and research capability of graduate and undergraduate students, said Dan Shrubsole, Geography chair. This is an integrative facility that allows for the examination of water, air and land. The space will be used for class lectures and hands-on learning. The room is outfitted wallto-wall with tools for exploration. Along with a high-powered electric sifter, data from the field can now be downloaded directly onto computers, and state-of-the-art microscopes will help determine the quality of environments. The project became possible with the generosity of Judy and Maurice Davis, who have a long history of contributing to Western s graduate studies. This is the way we like to have things for students coming along the way to support them and the university, Judy Davis said. Students will be excited to work in a lab that improves their standing nationally and internationally for the future of geography, Shrubsole said. Environmental sustainability is a big theme on campus and we have a number of students in Earth Science, Biology and even some Engineering students taking our courses, he continued. All of those students are going to benefit from this. NEWS AND NOTES Starting in February, the Faculty of Education will begin Phase One of the Single Ceiling initiative, a project designed to put all child-focused mental-health systems under one roof, making it easier for area children to get the help they require. Organizers hope the initiative ends the practice of moving children from expert to expert. PAUL MAYNE // WESTERN NEWS Western supporters Maurice Davidson and Judy joined a group in celebrating the opening of the Department of Geography s Physical Geography Lab, located in the Social Science Centre. It s not rare that children get referred to 10, 11 or even more places until they find the right help, said Vicki Schwean, dean of the Faculty of Education. Putting that into the context of poverty, for example, access for the family becomes significantly reduced. Eventually, people just drop out of the system. By default, schools have to provide treatment for the children, but they are not well equipped to do so. Single Ceiling will provide mental-health support, prevention and intervention services for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Children can be assessed by professionals and, eventually, treated all at one location. If you have cancer, you go through many types of testing before intervention. With kids and mental health, you need to do the same thing, Schwean said. Emphasis has been placed on tailoring treatment to the individual child based on several variables such as psychological risk factors, biological risk and environmental factors as not all cases can be treated equally. Single Ceiling will also create an environment for researchers to gain addition understanding into children s mental health. Statistics show per cent of children deal with mental illness; only one in five get the proper treatment. The initiative will be housed in the Child & Youth Network s family centre, located in London s Argyle community. Although starting in one community, Schwean looks to extend the idea across the city. The hope is that, by involving many others in the process, they will take it to their own communities, she said. To make Single Ceiling a reality, the Faculty of Education partnered with London community supporters including the Child & Youth Network, Thames Valley District School Board and Merrymount Children s Centre. The Faculty of Education hopes to raise $3 million to support the initiative. Phase One runs February to September. Andrew Costy Economic professor emeritus David Laidler has been awarded the 2015 Thomas Guggenheim Prize for the History of Economic Thought. Recognizing a lifetime of achievement, the Guggenheim Prize is presented bi-annually by the Thomas Guggenheim Program at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Laidler will be awarded the prize at a public lecture he will deliver, entitled Economic Research and Policy at the Federal Reserve: Past, Present and Future in International Perspective, in June in Geneva. Brescia University College recently named Cathy Vitkauskas as vice-principal advancement, a newly created position for the Western affiliate. Vitkauskas was most recently the director of annual giving and donor relations at the Ivey Business School. Vitkauskas will take her place on Brescia s newly formed Principal s Cabinet, joining vice-president colleagues in the portfolios of academic, students, finance and administration. Cathy comes to Brescia with a strong and enduring track record in advancement and I know she will bring great strength to our leadership team here as a key member of the cabinet, Brescia Principal Colleen Hanycz said. I look forward to Cathy s leadership in advancing Brescia through development, alumnae relations and communications, marketing and external relations. Robarts Clinical Trials Inc. has been named a finalist in for the 2015 London Business Achievement Awards in the Innovation category. Sponsored by the London Chamber of Commerce, the awards celebrate the best and brightest of the London business community in categories including Business of the Year (small, medium and large), Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Leadership, Excellence in Human Resources and Innovation. Robarts is pitted against InMedic in the Innovation finals. The Business Achievement Awards gala will be held March 25. Discover Graduate Studies at Brock The Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock University offers 44 programs, an array of specializations, co-op opportunities and a world of possibilities. Emma Gavey PhD candidate, Chemistry. Goal: Improve health care. Apply now! 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15 16 Western News January 15, 2015 Premier gets Western visit off and running ADELA TALBOT // WESTERN NEWS Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, seconf from right, visited Western earlier this week as part of a tour of universities in the province. Wynne kick-started her Tuesday morning with 20 laps around the Thompson Arena track alongside London Mayor Matt Brown, centre, and several Mustang student-athletes. Following the run, Wynne toured campus, including a stop at Western s Active Learning Space classroom in the University Community Centre. Helping poor farming families grow more crops and get them to market is the world s single most powerful lever for reducing poverty and hunger. Bill Gates Chairman, The Melinda and Bill Gates Foundationon Bill Gates thinks improving health in developing countries through better food production is important. What do you think? The University of Guelph s Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) is Canada s leading food education and research institution. Looking at graduate studies for ? Join a group of thinkers who are hard at work on a better tomorrow. For more information on graduate studies at FARE, visit fare.uoguelph.ca/grad-intro Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics